Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and two RBIs, Taylor Hearn won her fourth straight start and the Texas Rangers has made another breachans playoff hopes of ' Oakland , beating track and field 4-3 on Sunday.
Yohel Pozo scored twice and scored a point, and Leody Taveras added a triple point produced for Texas. The Rangers won their second series at Oakland this season after going 0-7-2 on their previous nine trips to the Coliseum.
Manager Chris Woodward's last-place ball club had one. needed and went home feeling a lot better after taking two out of three of the A's in contention.
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"You look at both teams, you would assume we had to win this game to make the playoffs," said Woodward. "It's the way we're playing right now, and it's fun to watch. Obviously, we're performing a lot better than we were in previous games. Against Oakland, we're comparing ourselves to each other. well with them for some reason.
Matt Olson hit his 34th homerun for Oakland. Yan Gomes also went deep.
TheA, who started the day two games behind the New York Yankees for AL 's second wild card, have lost 17 of 26.
"Any streak right now is tough to lose, "A manager Bob Melvin said. "It doesn't matter who you play at this point. We're going to have to go through a series or straight games. There is still time.
Hearn (6-4) didn 't goalscorer product for a third straight start and retired 16 of 17 after giving up back-to-back singles in the first. The southpaw struck out two strikes and allowed five hits and three runs in six innings to become the first Rangers pitcher to have four straight wins since Lance Lynn won five in a row in 2019.
"Just a testament to all the hard work I put in with the coaching staff. It has paid off pretty well," Hearn said. "I'd rather have (six) innings of two strikeouts insteadthat 3 2/3 or whatever, five innings, with a lot of punches. "
Danny Santana threw two scoreless innings. Joe Barlow worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Ki Ner-Falefa's two-point single in the third against A starter James Kaprielian (7-5) gave the Rangers an early lead. Jonah Heim's sacrificial volley carried the score at 3-0.
Jason Martin scored a single and scored on Taveras 'triple with two strikeouts in the fourth.
After clearing Gomes' homerun in the fifth , Hearns got into trouble again in the sixth when he threw the ball into the middle of the field during Starling Marte's steal attempt. Olson followed with a two-run homer to the right.
Kaprielian had five strikeouts but allowed four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"Still ineffective, " Kaprielian said. "Just an unproductive start. Did not give to the teama chance to win. Quite poor in my opinion. "
The A 's turned a rare 3-5-6 double play in the first inning.… Kiner-Falefa produced .346 (9 for 26) in the last six games of the road trip after going without a hitting in his first seven at-bat.… The Rangers were 6-3 in their nine-game road trip, their most wins since an 8-2 record in 2016.… The Gomes hometown was their first since August 23.… Kaprielian's departure was his 20th in the season. season, highest by an A rookie pitcher since 2017.
Rovers: LHP Kolby Allard was available out of the pen relievers but didn't pitch a day after being struck from his scheduled start due to illness.
Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman got a day off after getting out of the game of Saturday after committing a faute on his left shin. … DH Mitch Moreland is in Alabama seeking a second opinion on his left wrist. Moreland has been out since August 27 with wrist tendonitis.
Rovers: RHP Spencer Howard (0-3, 6.21 ERA) does his second departure since being taken off the COVID-19 list when Texas hosts Houston on Monday. Howard has never faced the Astros.
Athletics: After a day off, RHP Frankie Montas (12-9, 3.57) faces the Royals in the opening game. 'a three-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday. Montas has kept his opponents at a batting average of 0.207 since the All-Star break.